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Jun 21, 2017, 1:20 PM
over in the "Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier" discussion:

Marketing Strategy

Virgin's move was probably an effort to distinguish itself as a higher-end prepaid service. Along with competition from other MVNOs, Virgin has its cousin Boost to contend with for market share. Striking this deal with Apple gives it visibility in all their stores as well.
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Jun 22, 2017, 1:17 AM
over in the "Virgin Mobile USA Relaunches As An iPhone-Only Carrier" discussion:

Seems like a boneheaded move by Sprint

Sprint already severely restricts which devices can go on their networks by whitelisting devices, having various activation rules involving their pre vs. postpaid brands and the overall difference of Sprint's network from their competitors' which makes their devices somewhat unique. They should be aiming to relax these rules as much as possible, not restrict them, moreover so in prepaid brands in order to gain as many customers as they can. It's amazing how many bad decisions after bad decisions this company keeps making, regardless of who's at the helm.

Jun 6, 2017, 9:54 AM
over in the "iPhone 5 and 5c Won't Run iOS 11, 32-Bit Apps Going Away" discussion:

what's wrong with Apple?

you would think Apple would want as many iPhone as possible out there to compete with Android numbers. o well jailbreak will take over for Apple
2 replies

Mar 15, 2017, 3:53 PM
over in the "Review: IK Multimedia iRig Mic HD and iRig Mic Field" discussion:

iRig Mic HD with Android?

Have you tried the iRig Mic HD with a microUSB cable to connect to Android phones with USB OTG? It should work on phones and tablets with USB audio. Just something to try if you have the proper Micro USB to Micro USB cable or use the USB cable with an OTG adapter.

edit: There is an iRig Mic HD-A which has the USB OTG cable included as well as Android software.
Charles Bigelow

Feb 15, 2017, 12:23 PM
over in the "5 Best Unlocked Smartphones" discussion:

5 Best Unlocked Smartphones

I would have included the ZTE Axon 7 premium edition.
Gives the One Plus a true run for its money.

Feb 14, 2017, 5:43 PM
over in the "5 Best Unlocked Smartphones" discussion:

Galaxy S7

I would have also included the Galaxy S7 unlocked variant (i.e., the "U" variant). A little expensive but is one of the best unlocked phones there is.
bones boy

Feb 14, 2017, 2:16 PM
over in the "5 Best Unlocked Smartphones" discussion:

Great write up Eric - one addition

The Oneplus 3T can accept dual SIMs. That is a HUGE plus for a world traveler such as me. One tray holds my world roamer SIM (Truphone or Piranha) and leaves the other for any in-country SIMs that might be a better value. Or you can use two SIMs with different preferred roaming lists - like Piranha and Truphone. Anyway it's a convenience I would not want to travel without.

Feb 3, 2017, 2:52 PM
over in the "Sprint Flips On 3-Channel Carrier Aggregation for iPhones and Galaxies" discussion:

Whoo Hoo!

This is great news for the 7 people who can get enough Sprint signal to make it work. I'm not one of them.
1 reply

Sep 21, 2016, 12:58 PM
over in the "Review: Apple iPhone 7" discussion:

no headphone jack, no purchase

There is really no reason to have removed the headphone jack besides spite for customers and wanting to force more expensive options onto people, while limiting their choices and freedom to use their current, maybe really nice, headphones.
4 replies

Dec 13, 2016, 6:48 PM
over in the "Apple's Wireless Headphones Reach the Apple Store" discussion:

Online Orders Will NOT Arrive Before Christmas!

If Apple's website is to be believed, ship times are at 4 weeks as of today (12/13/2106).

Sep 24, 2016, 6:39 AM
over in the "Apple Releases iOS 10.0.2 to Fix Bugs" discussion:


These forced updates on a nearly weekly basis is out of hand. I have an iPod and iPad and I cringe every time I see the notification. My android updates maybe once or twice a year.
3 replies

Sep 21, 2016, 12:59 PM
over in the "Review: Apple iPhone 7" discussion:

Half-baked phone.

I think the hardware portion of this review shows it the best.

The design is the same as last year, clearly without improvements and even tweaking it just so that people have to buy new cases.

The headphone jack being removed only makes some sense for headphones, and has significant unaddressed disadvantages.

The stereo speakers are neat, but only half work due to the disparity in volumes.

Your description of the screen literally matches my year-old Droid turbo 2, but with the hilarious differences of being lower resolution (albeit with no brightness change from tilting) and not being rugged. Maybe it's the "premium feeling" of glass that changes it. But then, on the turbo 2 there's actually a justifiable screen size, which is a...
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Sep 20, 2016, 11:05 PM
over in the "Review: Apple iPhone 7" discussion:

Stereo audio recording?

I'd love it if the iPhone 7 used its microphones to produce stereo audio in movie recordings. I doubt Apple has implemented this 2008-era technology, though.

Sep 20, 2016, 5:52 PM
over in the "Review: Apple iPhone 7" discussion:

Tick tock

Ummmmm... "tick tock" is an Intel design strategy, not Apple. Intel coined the term for their processor design strategy long before Apple ever thought of building a phone. If anyone at Apple ever used this terminology, they blatantly stole it from Intel, which wouldn't be surprising considering Apple's history of stealing established terminology and pretending they invented it. The word "app" comes to mind.

Sep 7, 2016, 6:07 PM
over in the "Apple Warns Against 'Micro-abrasions' On Jet Black iPhone 7" discussion:

If you're going to put it in a case....

Why does it matter what color you get in the first place? The lunacy of Apple fanaticism knows no bounds. The myriad of design problems Apple tries to solve by offering its customers a case also knows no bounds.
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Sep 8, 2016, 7:51 AM
over in the "Apple Warns Against 'Micro-abrasions' On Jet Black iPhone 7" discussion:

One step to solve this issue.

There is one thing EVERY iDevice owner should have.

Two words


Why? iPhones, iPads & iPods are not cheap devices. A OtterBox is a tough case to protect what has become a popular albeit delicate piece of computing hardware.
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Sep 8, 2016, 1:55 PM
over in the "Apple Warns Against 'Micro-abrasions' On Jet Black iPhone 7" discussion:

Phone Builds

As to "all metal" builds .. I am a fan of "plastic" builds. Fact is, they aren't plastic, but rather polymer et all. I know two people who have metal builds, and they prefer their prior plastic. One had a Moto Pure with a sort of rubberycoated back .. She loved it .
Hates her Samsung S? metal. I am tired of these blog idiots who talk about metal as if it were synonymous with quality.
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Sep 8, 2016, 10:01 AM
over in the "Apple Showcases iPhone 7 with New Home Button" discussion:

Protruding camera

Wish they would just make the battery 1-2mm deeper and make the stupid camera flush with the case. Does anyone really need their phone to be as thin as a cracker?

Sep 8, 2016, 7:05 AM
over in the "Apple Announces Wireless AirPods" discussion:


great! a wireless version of the most uncomfortable ear buds ever made... and for $150 no less....

Sep 7, 2016, 5:55 PM
over in the "Apple Announces Wireless AirPods" discussion:

These just got announced...

and I already lost them.
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